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  • Lois Ehlert was born and still lives in Wisconsin.
  • Both of Lois Ehlerts parents were artistic; her mother was a seamstress and her father was a woodworker.
  • Lois Ehlert still has the small folding table her dad made for her art projects when she was a child. It is currently on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Before becoming an author, Lois Ehert worked as an art teacher, a free-lance illustrator, and designer.
  • In addition to writing and illustrating books, Lois Ehlert has produced children's clothing, toys, banners, games, posters, brochures and banners.
  • Lois Ehlert attended the University of Wisconson, Milwaukee, and the Layton School of Art.
  • The art technique Lois Ehlert uses most in her illustrations is collage.
  • In 1990, Lois Ehlert received a Caldecott Honor Medal for the die-cut book, COLOR ZOO. This was the first time an engineered book was recognized by the Caldecott committee.


Author quote


"I think being creative is a part of a person's makeup. It's something I feel very lucky about. I've worked hard to make this gift as fine as I can make it, but I still think that I was born with certain ideas and feelings just waiting to burst out!"


Go to for transcripts of an interview with Lois Ehlert.


References, accessed June 6, 2004.


Jacobs, James S. and Tunnell, Michael O. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, BRIEFLY. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Person Education, Inc., 2004, 180.


Author Study: Lois Ehlert